Dems Press Obama: Hands Off Social Security!

Douglas Graham/WLP,Inc./Newscom

Ahead of the State of the Union address, House progressives want a word with President Obama about Social Security.

In a letter delivered Friday to request a meeting with President Obama, 33 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus seek assurances that he will not work with Republicans to cut or privatize Social Security.

“[T]here is no Social Security crisis,” the members write.“We believe that cutting Social Security benefits, beyond the already scheduled increase in the retirement age from 65 to 67, will create even greater hardship for our most vulnerable citizens…. We urge you to send a clear message in your State of [the] Union Address: Hands off Social Security!”

The letter comes amid reports that, in his address, President Obama will embrace bipartisan calls for changes to Social Security that would likely include benefit cuts.

You can read the entire letter here.

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